Head on Over to Hoopla

By Emilie Pichot, Librarian Associate

Here’s a look at some of the recent films that I’ve enjoyed on Hoopla.

Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood

In her first full stand up special, Haddish talks about growing up in the foster care system, dealing with bullies, homelessness, and taking Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith to the swamp. Favorite part: when she talks us through her method of seeking revenge on her cheating boyfriend and uses a ton of puns.

Watch the special here.

The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & Her Lover

By Peter GreenawayThis is a highly chromatic, sensual, and grotesque tale that follows Helen Mirren’s character as she falls in
love with another man in the restaurant her husband, a gangster, owns, but abuses. Watch if you love food, luxurious costume design, and sweet revenge.

Beware the ending is not for those with weak stomachs! Favorite Scene: When Mirren’s character’s outfit changes color between the restaurant hallway and restroom. So fun!

This film is rated NC-17.

Stream the film here. 

By Chang-dong Lee

A new, award-winning slow-build thriller about a young man in Seoul who runs into an old childhood friend from where he grew up in the countryside. She brings him into her life and eventually introduces him to Ben, a man with lots of money but little empathy.

This film is a critical view into contemporary Korean society, and how globalism and capitalism has affected its culture, particularly its young people. Scary scene: When Ben talks about seeing people cry. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.

This film is not rated, however includes nudity, sexual activity, language, and implied violence.

Watch the film here.

By Panos Cosmatos

This film is a wildly and ridiculously entertaining saturated 80’s throwback with a synth and metal score, bright neon colors, and references to Hellraiser. Don’t watch if you’re looking for Mandy to have any character development, though, but if you like the idea of watching a campy hyper masculine fantasy with pretty colors and gore, you’ll enjoy this.

Favorite scene: When Mandy laughs at the antagonist. #goals

Not Rated, however includes lots of violence and gore, substance abuse, and a cult.

Stream Mandy here.

What’s New for Young Adults

March has some great releases for fans of young adult novels. Look forward to a new release from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed and the debut novel by Justin A. Reynolds. Find out more below.

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By Samira Ahmed

Set in a horrifying near-future, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of friends in the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom.

Check it out here.

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Opposite of Always
By Justin A. Reynolds

After falling for Kate, her unexpected death sends Jack back in time to the moment they first met, but he soon learns that his actions have consequences when someone else close to him dies.

Check it out here.

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Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?
By Ally Carter

Have you always wanted to write a book, but don’t know where to start? Fear not, this book has answers! With honesty, encouragement, and humor, bestselling author Ally Carter is ready here to answer the questions that writers struggle with the most.

Check it out here.

Don’t forget to check out these books too.

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Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc
By David Elliott
Read here
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Night Music
By Jenn Marie Thorne
Read here
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By Meagan Spooner
Read here

Oh la la! What’s New on Kanopy

By Emilie Pichot, Library Associate

Hi there! Here are my thoughts on recent films that I streamed on Kanopy. Both films offer different perspectives on France.

Too Black to Be French?
By Isabelle Boni-Claverie

This documentary takes us through the manifestations of racism in French society, historically and today, zeroing in on how successful and rich black people experience racial discrimination and how French society tries to cover up their colonial history by claiming to be colorblind.

For instance, in France statistics on race are not collected or tracked, which may appear to signal a society without racism, however it only works to make the racism invisible and more difficult to combat. This film is not rated and is in French with English subtitles.

Stream Too Black to Be French? on Kanopy here.

By Jacques Tati

This film is a lush and humorous depiction of modernity and industrialization. Machines, objects, and functional spaces are characters, too, making sounds, shining lights, and interacting with the protagonist and other human characters throughout the film.

The film brings you into this world with sort of a fly on the wall perspective, letting you observe, from a distance, the protagonist and the rest of the world interact in this metallic, manufactured, slippery, and loud landscape. Favorite scene: So many! But one that stands out is when a tourist asks a vendor for a photo but takes too long to set it up perfectly without any photo-bombers in view and gets asked by a new tourist on site to stand next to the vendor to be in their photo of “the real Paris.” This film is not rated and is in French with English subtitles.

Stream Playtime on Kanopy here.

How to find films on Kanopy: It’s quite easy to use. Go ahead and log into your Kanopy Account. Click and hover over browse to select a film that interests you.

Happy streaming!

Aquatic Adventures for Kids

Just keep swimming, we mean reading! The Read to Reef Book Club is back this month and Enoch Pratt Free Library is excited to offer these fun books that are sure to make a splash.

Not familiar with Read to Reef? In March, the program allows Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger to receive a Read to Reef bookmark at their local branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library (while supplies last).

After students read five aquatic or conservation-themed books they can exchange their completed bookmark for up to four admission tickets to the National Aquarium. For a full list of the instructions and details on Read to Reef, please visit here.

Dive into these picks:

Dolphins! Strange and Wonderful
By Laurence Pringle

With fascinating facts and detailed, illuminating artwork, dolphin species are introduce to readers of all ages.
Read here
Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea
By Gail Gibbons

Dive deep into the mechanics and discoveries of deep-sea exploration.
Read here
Hey, Water!
By Antoinette Portis

Join a young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. 
Read here
Hello, World! Ocean Life
By Jill McDonald

Told in clear and easy terms with featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, babies and toddlers learn about the world under the sea.
Read here

You might want to also check these books out.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
By Jeff Kinney
Read here

Planting Stories : The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
By Anika Denise
Read here
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish
By Beth Ferry
Read here

Spotlight on Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month! We’re excited to celebrate with curated lists from Hoopla. Whether its eBooks, audiobooks, film, or music, Pratt staffers are enjoying seeing women from the past highlighted and how they are inspiring the leaders of the future. Here are some of our favorite picks from Hoopla.

For a full list of eBooks available in honor of Women’s History Month visit here.

Girl, Wash Your Face
By Rachel Hollis
Read here
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Milk and Honey
By Rupi Kaur
Read here.
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Difficult Women
By Roxane Gay
Read here.

Fans of audiobooks, check out what else Hoopla has to offer for Women’s History Month here.

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Girls Resist!
By KaeLyn Rich
Listen here.
The Mother of Black Hollywood
By Jenifer Lewis
Listen here.
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Yes Please
By Amy Poehler
Listen here.

Interested in more movies for Women’s History Month? Visit here for a full list of recommendations.

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Dark Girls
Watch here.
Served Like a Girl
Watch here.

Hoopla has a not only the latest but greatest from popular female artists. Take a look of a list of featured albums here.

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Thank U, Next
By Ariana Grande
Listen here.
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Golden Hour
By Kacey Musgraves
Listen Here
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Invasion of Privacy
By Cardi B
Listen here.